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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: May 16, 2004 1:34pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: GETTY's High Prices!!

How about a tier that is better than the available mpeg's - from Beta SP (that I understand you transfer to originally) to DV Cam, DVC Pro, Digital Beta, or whatever the user wants? Perhaps there could be a small charge to make some money for the archive to get more films transfered/digitized?

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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: May 16, 2004 2:02pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: GETTY's High Prices!!

This would be a nice thing to do, but we need to survive financially, and I'm afraid this would remove one incentive for commercial and high-end producers to get footage from Getty. I've so far put 22 years of my life into collecting film, and need to continue to earn income from stock footage sales. That's why there's a two-tier system, where footage is either free or expensive depending on the added value people need. If the world's willing to provide me with another source of income, I'll be able to give away more and better footage. Right now it's all about striking a workable balance.

Not to get all personal here, just wanted to explain.